September 30, 2021 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, a day that honours First Nations, Inuit and Métis lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. The Day responds to one of 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process, following the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools.
The orange shirt has become a symbol of remembrance. Remembrance of all Indigenous children who were removed from their families to attend residential schools between the late 1800s to 1996. It recognizes the story of a former residential school student who had her orange shirt taken away on her first day at residential school.
We invite you to reflect on the tragic events of the past by wearing orange on Sept. 30 and engaging in real world conversations. While we know there is much more to do, we are sharing a number of links with you that may help to understand the significance of the day and to provide perspective and healing:
- Government of Canada Website – https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html
- The National Film Board – Streaming content with a playlist about Residential Schools comprising documentaries made by indigenous filmmakers: https://www.nfb.ca/channels/residential-schools/
- CBC Listen – A podcast by indigenous documentarist Tanya Talaga: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/cbc-podcasts/1021
- CBC Gem – Streaming content offering a Truth and Reconciliation Collection: https://gem.cbc.ca/collections/truth-and-reconciliation-collection
- APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) – Streaming special all-day programming: aptnlumi.ca
We published a post on our corporate social media channels, as we feel strongly as a company about creating awareness and showing our support to these lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. You can engage in a conversation with your own network with a Like or Comment from NORR’s LinkedIn channel here.